A Tory MP has apologised after making a sick joke about delivering a “bomb” to a Labour MP’s office.
James Gray admitted his comment on a Tory WhatsApp group was “foolish” as it emerged at the start of Labour’s party conference in Brighton.
The conference is held next-door to the Grand Hotel, where an IRA bomb during the Tories’ 1984 conference killed five people.
According to the Mail on Sunday, Mr Gray replied to a comment on a WhatsApp group from fellow Conservative MP Rob Largan.
Mr Largan had said: “Does anybody know where Anneliese Dodds' Commons office is based? I need to deliver something to her office.”
Mr Gray replied: “A bomb, perhaps?”
After being contacted by the Mirror, Mr Gray confirmed he made the remarks saying: “This was a foolish remark made on a private What’s App and deleted almost immediately.
“I meant no offence of any kind, and hope none was taken.”
Ms Rayner said at an event for Labour members: "I’m sick of shouting from the sidelines and I bet youse lot are as well.
"We cannot get any worse than a bunch of scum, homophobic, racist, misogynistic, absolute vile [inaudible] Banana Republic, vile, nasty, Etonian [inaudible] piece of scum.”
To applause, she added she had "held back a little".
Tory minister Amanda Milling said the Labour MP's remarks were "shocking", adding: "Angela Rayner must apologise."
She said Ms Rayner had been former leader Jeremy Corbyn's "henchman when Labour became embroiled in anti-Semitism" and "she failed to act".
Fellow Foreign Office minister James Cleverly accused Ms Rayner of "talking crap". He said: "I'm sure this went down well in the room but when voters look at the party that has had both female PMs, with half of the great offices of state filled by women, half by BAME, most diverse government, more gay ministers than Labour ever had etc."
She told Sky News: "I am not saying that anyone who voted for the Conservatives are racist, scummy and homophobic… I’m saying the Prime Minister has said those things and acted in that way.Read More Read More